Why Did You Make The Peanut, God?

Most people know something about the life of George Washington Carver. Known as the “Black Leanardo”, (a title given to him by Time Magazine), he was one of the most important scientists of the 19th century. His discoveries still impact us today.

Carver was also a man of faith. Everything he taught came back to faith and scripture.

I’ve been reading “Faith Still Moves Mountains” by Harris Faulkner.

As a young man, George was looking out into the field, watching farmers work. He noticed one plant everyone deemed worthless. In fact, the peanut plant was most often used as fertilizer. The peanut was virtually thrown out by hundreds of southern farmers.

Because of his faith, Carver believed the Lord made nothing that was worthless. Even the smallest things had a purpose. God could use even the peanut.

He began praying a prayer that lasted for much of his lifetime: “God, why did you make the peanut?”

There are obviously more details to this story, his life and his call to learn all he could about God’s creation and how it could impact our lives. But to keep this post short, here’s at least one of the end results:

  • George found 265 uses for the peanut.
  • 118 uses for the sweet potato.
  • and 85 uses for the pecan.

At one point in his life, he was presenting some of his work before Congress. He was sharing the implications of production, food, exports, etc.

He had a limit of ten minutes and he packed it full of statistics, ideas, and solutions. When his time came to a close, he astounded the politicians. The story is told that Rep. Fordney, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, stood up and said, “Go ahead, brother, your time is now unlimited.”

HIs faith propelled him. His hard work was fruitful. And if you like peanut butter (or Reece’s, ice cream, or any number of other things), you can thank him.

But most of all, he had an impact in showing the world about God’s love for the little things. God takes the seemingly insignificant things and brings about greatness.

If you ever feel like you’re “nothing,” I hope you can remember this story! God can take that and make it beautiful. Never despise the day of small beginnings (Zech 4:10).

Your prayer might be – Why did you create me, God? What can I do to glorify you? Like the peanut, time will show, you are valuable. You are exactly what God desires because God doesn’t make mistakes.

(Back to this book about faith moving mountains, it’s a collection of stories that show how God is still at work. You can pick up a copy here.)

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